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Kyle Davies was also convicted of possession of indecent images

A teenager who was found guilty of planning a mass shooting has been jailed for 16 years.

Kyle Davies, 19, from Gloucester, tried to buy a handgun and ammunition for £1,000 from a dealer on the dark web.

He was found guilty of attempting to possess a Glock 17 pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life, during a trial in July.

Judge Paul Cook at Taunton Crown Court said Davies “had the intention to endanger life in a shooting event”.

Davies was also convicted of attempting to evade the prohibition on importation of a prohibited weapon, and possession of indecent images.

During the trial at Gloucester Crown Court the jury heard the Columbine school shooters and Anders Breivik in Norway were “poster boys” to Davies.

A package containing the weapon and ammunition Davies had ordered was intercepted in the USA and officers in the UK were tipped off.

The parcel was substituted for a dummy one that was delivered by an undercover officer to his home, where he was arrested.

A search of Davies’ home revealed computer files and notes about mass killers.

He had denied the charges, saying he had bought the weapon to kill himself, yet the court heard he had written out a list of other items he wanted to buy including petrol, a gas mask and body armour.

Davies, who was aged 18 at the time of the offences, had also drawn 77 stickmen to represent the victims of the 2011 explosion and shootings in Norway.

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Today a jury of seven women and five men rejected Davies’ claim that he intended to kill only himself with the gun

Kyle Davies, 19, who has been convicted of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court

A 19-year-old man who ordered a deadly handgun and ammunition from an American dealer intended to use them to carry out a massacre, a jury at Gloucester Crown Court decided today.

Kyle Davies, of Wotton, Gloucester, wanted the Glock pistol and rounds of ammunition to copy such infamous killers as the 1999 Columbine school gunmen in America and Norwegian Anders Breivik, who shot 69 teenagers dead on a beach in 2011, it was alleged during his two weeks trial.

Today a jury of seven women and five men rejected Davies’ claim that he intended to kill only himself with the gun. They decided that he did have an intent to endanger life with the gun.

Handout photo issued by South West Regional Organised Crime Unit of a Glock pistol and ammunition shown in evidence during the trial of Kyle Davies, 19, who has been convicted of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court

Jurors unanimously convicted Davies of two charges attempting to import the gun and attempting to import five rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life in June last year.

Davies’ mother, sitting at the back of the court, buried her head in her hands as the jury foreman announced the guilty verdicts.

Judge Paul Cook told Davies: “Clearly you are looking at a significant period of custody but I need to know more about you before I proceed to sentence.

“I need to know the risk you pose to society. Therefore I am ordering psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared on you.”

Sentence was adjourned to a date to be fixed in about two months time.

During Davies’ trial the jury heard details of the ‘manifesto of death’ that Davies had compiled with detailed lists of weapons, explosives and body armour that would be needed for a successful mass killing.

His laptop, mobile phone and a memory stick were found to contain a mass of detail, including timelines, which the prosecution said proved he was planning a mass killing.

The prosecution said he had made ‘poster boys’ of the Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and also of Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik.

Davies, however, maintained all his research into the infamous murders was carried out merely because he was interested in the mindset of a mass killer.

Interviewed after his arrest by armed police at his Gloucester home in June last year Davies maintained he wanted the gun just to take his own life. He repeated that in evidence to the jury last week.

The court heard that he ordered the £300 pistol and ammunition via the Dark Web.

When it arrived in the UK it was intercepted by police and a dummy package was made up to look like the original, it was then delivered to Davies at his home by an undercover policeman posing as a deliveryman.

Later, armed police surrounded Davies’ home and arrested him.

In the witness box Davies said he had tried to kill himself when he was 15 but was found by police and taken home.

He told the jury he could see no point in being alive and he was depressed and thought about suicide every day.

He denied being obsessed with the Columbine killers and Anders Breivik and said he was just interested in them because they were relevant to his A level psychology studies.

Judge Cook said he will sentence Davies in about two months time, possibly at Taunton Crown Court.

Gloucester Live